Description from Annie's Annuals & Perennials
“Torch Aloe”/”Krantz Aloe”
An indispensable succulent for the medicinal, herbal, or dry garden, this very showy & easy plant is commonly grown as a living fence in its native South Africa. Large, specious flower spikes in red-orange (& very occasionally yellow) bloom in Winter when almost nothing else is showing color. Large heads of spirally arranged leaves give this species its other common name “Octopus Plant”. Like Aloe vera, this species has a host of herbal & medicinal properties. It can be used to treat cuts & burns, & has anti-inflammatory & anti-bacterial effects. It’s a very fast & easy Aloe, & drought tolerant to boot, eventually becoming a multi-headed shrub to 6′ high & wide or larger.